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15-64 years: 76.8% (male 205,998/female 233,820)
65 years and over: 8.2% (male 22,043/female 24,984) (2011 est.)
conventional short form: Macau
local long form: AomenTebieXingzhengqu (Chinese); RegiaoAdministrativa Especial de Macau (Portuguese)
local short form: Aomen (Chinese); Macau (Portuguese)
over 3,047 m: 1 (2012)
The expanding casino sector, and China’s decision beginning in 2002 to relax travel restrictions, have reenergized Macau’s tourism industry, which saw total visitors grow to 27 million in 2007, up 62% in three years. Macau’s strong economic growth has put pressure its labour market prompting businesses to look abroad to meet their staffing needs. The resulting influx of non-resident workers, who totalled one-fifth of the workforce in 2006, has fuelled tensions among some segments of the population. Macau’s traditional manufacturing industry has been in a slow decline. In 2006, exports of textiles and garments generated only $1.8 billion compared to $6.9 billion in gross gaming receipts.
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List – Macau is placed on the Tier 2 Watch List for failing to show evidence of increasing efforts to address trafficking since 2004
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